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Circe : a novel

Author: Madeline Miller
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child -- not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power -- the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Fiction
Historical fiction
Mythological fiction
Paranormal fiction
Named Person: Circe, (Mythological character); Circe, (Mythological character); Circe, (Mythological character)
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Madeline Miller
ISBN: 9780316556347 0316556343 9781408890080 1408890089
OCLC Number: 1029608347
Awards: Alex Award, 2019
Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction Longlist, 2019
Chicago Public Library Best Top Ten Books, 2018
New York Public Library Best Books for Adults: Top Ten, 2018
NPR Best Books, 2018
Description: 393 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Madeline Miller.

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In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child -- not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power -- the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus. But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

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Circe gives us a feminist slant on the Odyssey ... Miller makes these age-old texts thrum with contemporary relevance ... An airy delight, a novel to be gobbled greedily in a single sitting * Read more...

 
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